I received a promo code to review the Meteor Math app on my geek dad blog. The app is an arcade style game that tests your kids’ mathematical skills. It’s kinda like Asteroids and Space Invaders. But instead of zapping aliens, your child taps the appropriate numbered meteors to solve the math puzzle. For instance, if the mathematical function is addition and the target is 12, then you have to tap two moving meteors that add up to 12. The Mindshapes Meteor Math app works with the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices (iOS 3.0 or later). The app is now available on the app store for $2.99. It is targeted at children age six and up.
What I like about Meteor Math
- The app is very addictive. I tested it out while waiting at the school bus stop for my children to come home. I didn’t even realized the bus was late until one of the other parents told everyone the school bus broke down. I had been playing the game for over 30 minutes.
- The app is a fun way for kids to test their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills.
- As you progress from one level to the next, the game becomes more challenging (quicker pace and more complex problems).
- The game is easy to figure out — no complex rules.
- I love the space theme: meteors, stars, and spaceships.
- There are three modes: practice, compete (you select one math function), and survival (all four math functions).
- My son loves the game even though he’s not fond of math.
What I didn’t like about Meteor Math
- Some of the meteors in the iPhone/iPod Touch version might be too small for young children. They are better off using the iPad version.
- There isn’t a countdown clock. The app does beep when you’re almost out of time, but sometimes I don’t hear the beep until it’s too late.
There isn’t a way to undo a selection. If you accidentally tap on the wrong meteor, you can’t correct it before you tap on the second meteor.